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The women’s WorldT20 final lineup has been set. It's going to be Australia vs England, once again, facing off for the title. The two pre-tournament favorites and the two most dominant sides in women’s cricket have made it to the final. It may seem predictable right now but the path to the final was not an easy one.
Australia lost its last group stage match against India and had to get past an unbeaten West Indies playing in front of its home crowd. England came up against India in spin-friendly conditions that favored the team from the subcontinent.
Both Australia and England not only survived but smashed their way through the semi-final and will have the eyes on the biggest prize. Can England win the title for the second time or will it be Australia claiming the crown for a fourth time?
The question on everyone’s lips was about the health of Alyssa Healy. Australia’s top scorer this tournament had suffered a concussion in the last group match against India and could not bat in that game. Australia crumbled to India’s spin and just how big a factor Healy was came to be clear.
As things turned out, Alyssa Healy not only played the semi-final but top-scored for Australia again and kept wickets brilliantly. Her quick stumping of Matthews put the West Indian chase on the back foot before it ever really began.
Australia’s batting was not at its best against the West Indies, though. Healy gave them some momentum at the top but the others struggled to build on it. Mooney got out early, Meg Lanning scored 31 from 39, Gardener and Villani were out cheaply too, before Haynes played a quick cameo at the end.
Australia would have learned from batting on the slow wicket of North Sound and we expect them to pace their inning better in the final. Getting off to a fast start is going to key and that is why the wicket of Alyssa Healy is the most crucial one.
If she gets out early then Australia could struggle. We don’t want to jinx her but Healy is due a failure after being successful in every match of the WorldT20 so far.
Where Australia really shone was its performance in the field. Australian women did not drop any catches, effected run-outs, and bowled to their plans. Elysse Perry returned figures of two overs, two runs, and two wickets.
Kimmince and Gardner took two wickets as well while Schutt and Molineux were reliably efficient.
The Australian bowling side is performing better than its feared batting lineup at the moment and winning them matches consistently.
Beth Mooney, Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner, Meg Lanning, Elyse Villani, Rachael Haynes, Ellyse Perry, Sophie Molineux, Delissa Kimmince, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt.
We think both these teams would be happy to face each other in the finals. England has a good record against Australia in the recent past and there is a feeling of familiarity between the two sides. England will know what to expect and will try to plan for it.
England lost its last group game to the West Indies but recovered brilliantly to demolish India. The win in the semi-final would have given a lot of confidence to England. India was the form side of the tournament and was playing in conditions that favored it heavily.
England, though, stuck to its plans and waited for India to make the mistakes.
We are not sure if it will be able to do the same thing against Australia.
For England to win against Australia, the English bowlers will have to be very aggressive up front. Early wickets can dictate who wins the game because run scoring definitely becomes more tricky as the inning progresses.
Anya Shrubsole and Nate Sciver have been very good for England with the new ball. After her belligerent fifty in the semi-final, Sciver would be full of confidence. As a player that is in the thick of things during the most crucial times, Sciver is our player to watch out for in this WorldT20 final.
England also has a couple of very good slow bowlers that should be able to take advantage of the conditions. Gordon, Knight, and Hazell have been good in the tournament whenever they have come on to bowl.
The left-arm spin of Gordon is very deceptive and often draws out false shots from the opposing batters.
If, however, England bats first or has to chase a big total then the batters are going to be under the pump. Wyatt and Beaumont have not had the best WorldT20 so far but could change it around. Wyatt, in particular, looks a little lost and needs to play her natural game.
Runs from Sciver and Jones in the last match is a huge boost to the batting. Knight, Winfield and even Shrubsole are all very good down the order giving the English team plenty of cushion in case of a couple of early wickets.
England needs to believe it can beat Australia in a big match situation because that is the most essential thing of all. Talent wise, there is not too much separating the sides.
Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt, Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight, Lauren Winfield, Amy Ellen Jones, Anya Shrubsole, Sophia Dunkley Brown, Sophie Ecclestone, Danielle Hazell, Kirstie Gordon.
The side winning the toss is likely to want to bat first
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North Sound is expected to be rain-free during the final matchday of women’s WorldT20. We really hope the pitch is rolled until it becomes a lot better to bat upon. Conditions in the semi-final between India and England were a bit too spinner friendly to allow for attractive cricket.
Two good batting sides should be able to put together a decent total in each inning.
Australia goes into this match as firm favorites. It has the experience and knowledge of winning such contests. It has also won the last two T20 matches it has played against England. The previous three, though, were won by England and so the recent head to head between the sides is very close.
We believe that England can beat Australia in this match and the odds are very favorable as well.
Back England to win.
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